Monthly Archive: April 2012

BSE Report from USDA

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2012 – USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford today released the following statement on the detection of BSE in the United States: “As part of our targeted surveillance system, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the nation’s fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy …

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Palmer Amaranth Flowering Early In 2012

  The unusual weather this Spring may have caused Palmer Amaranth, Pigweed as it is commonly known, to bloom early. This year producers are already fighting Palmer Amaranth, or pigweed, which is now 3 to 5 inches tall and flowering.  The anomalous weather pattern has this plant confused on what time of year it is, …

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Cattle Heat Synchronization Seminar in Farihope, AL on May 24, 2012

Most cattlemen would agree Estrus Synchronization and Artificial Insemination (ESAI) enables producers to use genetics superior to available natural service sires, however these technologies are utilized by less than five percent of the national cowherd. Although not widely used, ESAI offers significant potential to add value, improve production efficiency and improve profitability. The widespread use …

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Celebrate Earth Day: Take Action Towards Sustainability

In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore of Long Beach, California, a furniture refinisher and seafarer was returning from a sailing trip through the seldom traveled Subtropical North Pacific only to realize his sailboat was encircled by  a “plastic soup” for as far as he could see.  In fact, Charles Moore had stumbled upon what …

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Southern Armyworm Makes First Appearance of 2012 in Wakulla County

Southern Armyworms have make their presence known in Wakulla County by consuming one gardeners efforts. Southern Armyworms, Spodoptera eridania, has made its first appearance of 2012 in Wakulla County on April 19.  A home gardener brought in the samples seen in the photograph above. While most were still in the larva stage, the gardener had …

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Washington County Update

Much needed rain on Wednesday, April 18, help pastures make a rapid recovery from drought-stress. The rain has not slowed land preparation for cotton and peanuts.  Growers are proceeding at a rapid pace. Watermelons are ahead or on schedule for an early harvest, and hopefully higher prices. Submitted by Andy Andreason, Washington County Extension Director …

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Register early for the 2012 Small Farm Conference

The University of Florida’s (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Focus Team are pleased to announce that the fourth annual Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference will be held in Kissimmee, Florida July 27-29. The goal of the annual Florida Small Farms …

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Panhandle Timber Market Report

Timber Mart-South 1st Quarter Market Summary for Northwest Florida Product Average $ /Cord Range $ /cord $ /Ton Pine pulpwood $ 30 $ 27-34 $ 11 Chip-n-Saw $ 46 $ 40-51 $ 16 Pine Sawtimber $ 169 $ 143-195 $ 23 Oak Sawtimber $ 133 $ 98-169 $ 15 Mixed Hardwood Sawtimber $ 103 $ …

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Pigeon Fever Cases Confirmed in Northwest Florida

A large animal veterinarian in north Florida has confirmed four cases of Pigeon Fever in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Pigeon Fever is an infection caused by the bacteria, Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis.  There are three forms of this disease: external abscesses, internal infection, ulcerative lymphangitis (limb infections). The most common form is external abscesses of the pectoral or ventral …

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Cotton Planting Decisions

Cotton planting will soon be in full swing across the region. The first step to a successful season is to establish a healthy, uniform stand of 2 to 3 plants/ft of row. To ensure success growers should plant high-quality, broad-spectrum fungicide-treated seed into a firm, moist seedbed. Temperature is critical to successful seed germination and …

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